Pellegrini, Detti, Paltrinieri help Italy surge to top tier of medals

Jul 27, 2017 1573

BY: Loretta Race

Although the United States still holds a commanding lead of both the number of golds and overall medals at the 2017 World Championships, several nations are making subtle moves by way of big swims. Today was Italy’s turn, with Federica Pellegrini taking the women’s 200m freestyle field, relegating both American Katie Ledecky and Australian Emma McKeon to silver.

Then in the men’s 800m freestyle race, the final contest of the night, her countrymates Gabriele Detti and Gregorio Paltrinieri tag-teamed a 1 & 3 finish to bag up two more medals and rocket Italy from 12th in the standings to 4th today.

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